Jump Start Your Car

December 1, 2017

 

As winter temps set in, the chance of your car battery dying increases.

If you battery does die, follow these instructions to jump starting your car! 

 

1. No matter where you are when your battery dies, pay close attention to your surroundings. Whether you are on the side of the road or in the parking lot, it is important to stay alert and watch for moving vehicles and other potential hazards.

 

2. Once you have another vehicle ready to help you, park the vehicles facing each other. If you don't have the space for them to face each other, get them as close together as possible. If  your car is not in a safe place or there is not a safe location for the second vehicle to park, skip the jump and call a tow truck!

 

3. Put automatic transmission cars in park and manual transmission cars in neutral

 

4. Turn off the running car. Once the cars are positioned appropriately, turn off the radio, headlights, interior lights, etc. Once this has been done, turn the car off.

 

5. Identify the battery terminals;

The positive has a red indicator or a plus [+] sign

The negative terminal has a black indicator or a negative [-] sign

 

6. Identify the jumper cables; red clamp is positive, black clamp is negative

 

7. Attach the jumper cables; It’s important to attach the jumper cables in this order!

  • Attach the positive cable [red] to the positive terminal on the dead battery

  • Attach the positive cable [red] to the positive terminal on the functioning battery

  • Attach the negative cable [black] to the negative terminal on the functioning battery

  • Please note the cables are now live! Be careful in handling the remaining negative cable

  • Attach the negative cable [black] to a non-painted piece of metal or a bolt on the car with the dead battery [Make sure the cable is clear from moving parts]

8. Start the car with the functioning battery and allow it to run for 1-2 minutes.

Next, try starting the car with the dead battery.

 

9. Once the car with the dead battery has started to run again, disconnect the jumper cables;

  • Start by disconnecting the black or negative cable on the previously dead battery

  • Disconnect the black or negative cable on the functioning battery

  • Disconnect the red or positive cable on the functioning battery

  • Disconnect the red or positive cable on the previously dead battery

 

If the car with the dead battery did not start, try re-connecting the cables following the steps again from #7. It may be necessary to have the functioning car run for 5-10 minutes while attached to the dead car.

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